Tuesday, 28 December 2021
Friday, 24 December 2021
In this recent post I mentioned how I'd created my own yarn Advent this year and you might have spotted this wrapped package on the top of the basket.
Around Christmastime last year I was having a sort out and I had the idea of wrapping a skein of yarn from my stash and opening it on December 1st to knit a pair of socks throughout December.
Despite really wanting to knit socks I have struggled with making them. I think because there are so many patterns and different stitch counts to choose, It gets me confused and I end up overthinking everything. Anyway, with the success of finally finishing my second ever pair of socks, which I shared here, I decided to have another go, and, ta da, I have finished another pair!
I cast these on December 1st and finished them on December 23rd. I can't work out why, but they really seemed to take no time at all. I used the tutorial by Craft House Magic for the heels and toes, (I find the Ellie explains things in a way I can understand), the contrast blue for those was a mini I had in stash, which I think goes really well.
I won't be casting on anymore over Christmas as I've got some stitching I want to do but, I have picked out some more yarn to cast on another pair on New Years Eve.
I've been last minute wrapping today, we had Bonnie on Wednesday and Thursday and I didn't get chance to do it, Mark has put together the children's bikes and scooters while I made gingerbread granola and stolen tray bake for extra gifts, (both are lovely because, well, I had to sample first, ha ha).
Here are the rest of my advent yarns, and yes, I saved all my chocolates :-)
Tuesday, 21 December 2021
I thought I'd pop in and show you my advents for days 12 through to 21.
Love having these to open each day, I'm really going to enjoy knitting all these beautiful colours into my blanket next year.
This first one is the advent I made for myself
Sunday, 19 December 2021
At the farm
This week Arty had a trip to a farm with nursery, parents were told that they could accompany their child, although it wasn't necessary. As Jenny would be at work that day I offered to go with Arty.
It's not very often I get to spend time alone with Arty as is in nursery on the day's Jenny works, so it was lovely to spend the day with him. He is a completely different character to Oliver, and much more boisterous, but still great company.
He is big into animals, especially farm animals, he has a huge collection of Schleich plastic animals and they are pretty much all he plays with, so a day at a farm was perfect for him.
Sunday, 12 December 2021
I started these socks a while ago and they were on my list of projects to get completed before Christmas. All that was left to knit on both of them was the foot part so it's didn't take too long once I picked them back up again.
The pattern is one of the Miss Potter Sock Club patterns by Kay Jones of the Bakery Bears, this one is called Jemima and the yarn is called Carousel by West Green Loft Yarns
I really love the pattern and the texture that it produced, and look, no holes on the heels 😁 I'm quite pleased with myself for that
Thursday, 9 December 2021
I was rather greedy last year and had four yarn advents. Three of them I purchased and one was a swap with my lovely friend Jo. A lot of yarn dyers seemed to put their advents up for sale very early in the year this time and I just wasn't ready to think about Christmas in March. Yarn advents have also got very expensive this year, I'm not saying that the price isn't justified, there is a lot of planning and hard work involved in putting them together and they do have to put together multiple Advent boxes. One of he reasons I didn't buy one this year is because I've tried to be a bit more mindful of what craft supplies I've bought all year. There are only so many things you can use at a time and I no longer see the sense in having a large stash of things that I won't get around to using, must be an age thing, ha ha.
It's still lovely to have something to open leading up to Christmas though, so I made my own. Throughout the year I bought mini skeins when I've seen some I've liked and put them away unopened. When Oliver came for a sleep over last time I gave him the job of putting together my Advent for me, It did cost me more in sweets as it was a case of one in the bag, one for Oliver, lol But he did a great job and enjoyed doing it too.
I've been doing a yarn Advent swap with Jo for a few years now, (is this the third year Jo?) I do look forward to this because it is more personal, and I love putting things together for Jo in return. Look at the lovely box of goodies Jo sent me :-)
There was also a box in there for my birthday, which is safety hidden until after Boxing day ;-)
Thank you so much Jo, everything looks lovely and I'm really enjoying opening the little packets each day.
Here are my Advents days 1 to 9 from Jo
And here are days 1 to 9 of the one I did myself
As you all know, there has been lots to do and sort out these last few weeks, we have just about got things done now and we will be saying our final goodbyes to mum on Tuesday. Christmas won't be the same this year that's for sure but, It's been nice to have something to look forward to open of an evening when I finally sit down.
Saturday, 4 December 2021
Finishing the projects
Thank you for your messages of condolence following my last blog post, they all meant so much to me. There has been so much to do this last week, things to take care of and things to decide on. We are getting there, slowly. It's not a nice job going through a parents belongings, and of course there is all the furniture too. With the best will in the world it's impossible for us to keep everything, a lot will have to go to charity, we have tried as much as possible to donate items to animal charities, mum loved all animals so we are thinking that by donating there mum is also helping the animals she loved.
This is not how I imagined my December would be and I'm so glad that I managed to get all my Christmas shopping done by December 1st, at least I don't have the added stress of gift shopping. I promise myself every year that I will have it all done by December 1st but it never happens, except this year It did, how strange.
I thought before we got any further into the final month of 2021 I would share a couple of finishes with you. I resisted starting anything new, although towards the middle of November I was itching to, I knew I had things prepared ready to start on the 1st of the month so that kept me focused.
First was this cardigan for Jacob
Sunday, 28 November 2021
I'm so very sad to tell you that my mum passed away in the early hours of Thursday 25th November.
As you know mum went into respite care a few weeks ago following a fall and a rapid decline in her mobility. Whilst in the care home it became clear that she wasn't going to regain even the limited mobility she had had previously and there was talk of her remaining in the care home where she could have round the clock care, although it was a big change for her she did realise that she needed more care than we could safely provide for her at home.
The week before she went into respite she had been assessed and diagnosed with both Alzheimer's and vascular dementia, although this was still in the early stages, there were days when she got very confused and mixed up, it was hard to see her memory getting worse.
The photo below was taken about 5 years ago at my niece's wedding.
We are grateful that when the end came she was not in pain. For a good few days she had kept saying that she was so tired, and when she was put to bed on Wednesday night she became unresponsive a few hours later. She never fully regained consciousness, only occasionally opening her eyes but not acknowledging or speaking to us.
In life she was a quiet person who got on with things and didn't want drama, so it was no surprise that when she passed it was quietly, without fuss. We were with her the whole time, holding her hands and talking to her. I'd like to think that she knew she was not alone and that we were there.
28th August 1928 - 25th November 2021
Good night, God bless mum